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Should I use it and if so how?  If I shouldn't use it what should I use instead? Or can I just use warm water?

Lots of conflicting advice and opinions out there  on YouTube and other modelling sites.

 

Bagman

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Decal Fix or similar products (there are many) are designed to soften the decals to make them 'lay over' the model better, and look like painted on. They also improve adhesion and reduce chance of decal silvering.

 

You do not *have* to use them, but a lot of people (me including) find them very helpful.

 

Which one exact product are you talking about?

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2 hours ago, Bagman said:

Should I use it and if so how?  If I shouldn't use it what should I use instead? Or can I just use warm water?

too vague.  You get better answers here by stating what you are trying to do with what.

So, depends  the brand of decals,  how much carrier film they have, and what surface they are to be applied too, how gloss or matt, flat surface, or shaped,  or with a lot of detail to conform too.

 

All these will affect what methods you use, and if you use any products.

 

High quality thin decals on a glossy surface is really the only time you will get good results with nothing.

 

Thick Japanese decals need hot water, and probably strong solvents.

 

this method works

 

If in doubt, use a spare decal on scrap finished with the same paint. 

 

It says  'Sea Vixen', so kit decals? 

 

HTH

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8 hours ago, Casey said:

Decal Fix or similar products (there are many) are designed to soften the decals to make them 'lay over' the model better, and look like painted on. They also improve adhesion and reduce chance of decal silvering.

 

You do not *have* to use them, but a lot of people (me including) find them very helpful.

 

Which one exact product are you talking about?

Thank you. I’m building the 1/72 Revell Sea Vixen kit.  I’ll try your method. 
Bagman. 

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